Aston Martin considering Toyota power

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

The word is Aston Martin is considering downsizing its engine range. That means their sweet sounding V12s could make way for V10 engines, or even V8s.

We’ve already seen the wonderful V8 Vantage, so this is not necessarily bad news for Aston. What is surprising, though, is the suggestion the British icon may look to Toyota as a source of engines.

A relationship between the companies exists thanks to that damn Cynical city thing. But more importantly the two CEOs, Dr Ulrich Bez (Aston Martin) and Akio Toyoda (Toyota), get on like a house on fire thanks to their love of racing. The duo even drove each others car at a Nürburgring VLN race last year.

Dr Bez commented afterwards, “We meet regularly as race drivers here at the Nürburgring since the 24 Hour Race 2008. A personal friendship has developed since then which we wish to emphasise with this change of cars. Other bosses of enterprises meet on a golf course, we in contrast share the passion for car races.”

So, an Aston Martin with a Lexus V8, or even the V10 from the LFA? That wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

[Source: Motor Authority]